Dhaba Style Daal Chawal with Shami Kabab

A perfect combo meal, Dhaba Style Daal Chawal with quick and easy Shami kabab. #HappyCookingToYou #FoodFusion

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Zeera Rice:

  • Cooking oil 1/3 cup
  • Badiyan ka phool (Star anise) 2
  • Darchini (Cinnamon) sticks 2
  • Sabut Kali mirch (Black pepper corns) 4-5
  • Laung (Cloves) 3
  • Zeera (Cumin seeds) ½ tbs
  • Water 5 cups
  • Namak (Salt) ½ tbs or to taste
  • Chawal (Rice) ½ kg soaked for 20 mints

Dhaba style Daal:

  • Water 2 liters
  • Namak (Salt) 1 tsp or to taste
  • Lal mirch powder (Red chilli powder) 1 tsp
  • Haldi powder (Turmeric powder) ½ tsp
  • Zeera (Cumin seeds) roasted & crushed ½ tbs
  • Chicken cube 1
  • Hari mirch (Green chilli) crushed 1 tbs
  • Lehsan (Garlic) cloves sliced 4
  • Cooking oil 1 tbs
  • Chana daal (Yellow chickpea lentil) soaked ½ cup
  • Moong daal (Yellow lentil) soaked ¼ cup
  • Masoor daal (Red lentil) soaked ¼ cup
  • Pyaz (Onion) sliced 1 small
  • Tamatar (Tomato) chopped 1 small
  • Baking soda pinch
  • Hara dhania (Fresh coriander) chopped handful
  • Hari mirch (Green chillies) sliced 3-4
  • Garam masala powder ½ tsp


  • Cooking oil 1/3 cup
  • Pyaz (Onion) sliced 1 medium
  • Lehsan (Garlic) chopped 2 tbs
  • Sabut lal mirch (Red button chillies) 5-6
  • Zeera (Cumin seeds) 1 tbs
  • Curry patta (Curry leaves) 10-12

Quick Shami kabab:

  • Chana daal (Yellow chick pea lentil) soaked & boiled 250g
  • Chicken boneless boiled 250gm
  • Alloo (Potatoes) boiled & cubes 250g
  • Hari mirch (Green chillies) 3-4
  • Podina (Mint leaves) chopped handful
  • Hara dhania (Fresh coriander) chopped handful
  • Pyaz (Onion) fried ½ cup
  • Garam masala powder ½ tbs
  • Namak (Salt) ½ tsp or to taste
  • Kali mirch (Black pepper) crushed ½ tsp
  • Zeera (Cumin seeds) roasted & crushed 1 tbs
  • Lal mirch (Red chilli) crushed ½ tbs
  • Anda (Egg) whisked
  • Cooking oil
  • Hara dhania (Fresh coriander) chopped


Prepare Zeera Rice:

In a pot add cooking oil, star anise, cinnamon sticks, black pepper corns, cloves, cumin seeds & mix well until fragrant.

Add water, salt, mix well & bring it to boil.

Add rice, mix well & cook for 4-5 minutes.

Turn the flame low, cover the pot with kitchen towel, place lid & steam cook for 8-10 minutes.

Prepare Dhaba style Daal:

In a pot add water, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, chicken cube, green chilli crushed, garlic, cooking oil & bring it to boil.

Add yellow chick pea lentil, yellow lentil, red lentil, onion, tomato, baking soda, mix well & bring it to boil. Cover partially & cook on medium low flame for 40-45 minutes or until lentils are tender.

Mash well with the help of wooden masher.

Add fresh coriander, green chillies & mix well.

Add garam masala powder & mix well.

Prepare Tarka:

In a frying pan add cooking & heat it.

Add onion & fry till light golden.

Add garlic & mix well.

Add red button chillies, cumin seeds, mix well & sauté for 1-2 minute.

Add curry leaves, mix well & set aside.

Add prepared tarka in daal, mix well, cover & set aside.

Prepare Quick Shami Kababs:

In a chopper add boiled chick pea lentil, boiled chicken, boiled potato, green chillies, mint leaves, fresh coriander, fried onion, garam masala powder, salt, black pepper crushed, cumin seeds, red chilli crushed & chop well until combined.

Grease hands with cooking oil & make patties of mixture (makes 14-15).

Heat oil in a frying pan, dip shami kababs in whisked egg & fry shami kababs on medium flame until golden from both sides.

Dish out rice, daal, garnish with fresh coriander, kababs & serve with salad.

Recipe By: Seema Hanif

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